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The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

Braden Goyette

15 Charts That Show The U.S. Isn't Over Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. ...

Seeing In Color

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

"Well... I don't really know what to tell you, Aryanna," my sister mumbled. I didn't blame her -- this was the umpteenth time we'd had an exasperated conversation about race, so there's nothing new to say.

America's Racial Carnival: Where Have You Gone Jimmy? (and Malcolm Too!)

Saladin Ambar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Saladin Ambar

We are in a fun-house mirror period with respect to race. It has been a sobering reminder of the persistence of not only racism, but of those in power who massage its ailing limbs.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

The Next 50 Years: Time for Culture Change on Racial Justice

Deepa Iyer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Today's America looks vastly different from the one that ushered in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yet these demographic changes may not mean much to uplift communities of color without updated anti-discrimination laws.

The Myth of a Post Racial America

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.07.2014 | Black Voices
Dennis Trainor

Last week, President Obama unveiled his My Brothers Keeper initiative one day after the anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin and as the nation still grapples with the hung jury on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn case,.

College Students Are Unprepared to Deal With Racism

Imaani Jamillah El-Burki | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Imaani Jamillah El-Burki

Current college students lack the knowledge foundation to deal with the reality of racism. This has been made evident by a recent incident at Lehigh University.

The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights

Sahar Aziz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same.

The Silent Streets: 50 Years After Shouts Rang Out in Jackson, Mississippi

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

What do we make of the silent streets? The cry of civil rights struggle is drowned out by the comforting seductions of a wishful post-racial mindset.

More Than a Dream

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The future -- as well as the present -- is what we make of it. That's how dreams come true: "We ... will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water."

Dear 'Others' in America

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

I'm acutely aware of my atypical looks, one of those brown faces you can't put in a place. I get asked all time where I am from, as if my face can't possibly be American.

How Can I Protect My Son From Becoming Another Trayvon Martin?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

The verdict unites some communities and divides others. The main thought that I can't really shake loose is: How can I protect my son from being another Trayvon Martin?

Who You Know > What You Know

Randy Miller | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Randy Miller

Whether our children understand it or not, they each take part in a process that actually classifies individuals in various categories at an early age: categories such as leaders, thinkers, workers, deviants and entertainers. This is what we all affectionately refer to as K-12 education in America.

Still Awaiting a Post-Racial America

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Until we, the people of this nation, unite as one and continue fighting for expanded equality for all of God's children so that they may in fact be free from persecution, discrimination and the shackles of inequality, a post-racial America will only be a comfort on the lips of those seeking to advance themselves.

Speaking About Race: Paula Deen and the Need for Racial Literacy

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Jimmy Nguyen

Even if you don't use racial slurs and don't have a prejudiced bone in your body, speaking about race is not easy. It's time we did more to improve everyone's racial literacy.

The Pressure Not To Appear 'Too Black' (NEW BOOK)

Devon Carbado | Posted 06.04.2013 | Books
Devon Carbado

We judge African Americans based not only on whether we perceive them to be black but also on how black we perceive them to be.

Affirmative Action Headed for the Dustbin of History

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

Poor Abigail Fisher. She had her cake and wanted to eat it too. The Supreme Court appears ready to hand her a fork.

Post-Whiteness

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 07.24.2012 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Whose bodies and lives will this grand social vision of a post-racial world benefit especially when considering the counter-investment in notions of "blackness" that post-racial propagandists seem to maintain?

Will Trayvon Martin Be A Watershed Moment in Race Relations? That Depends On You

Melanie Coffee | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

Now that George Zimmerman has been charged in Trayvon Martin's death, I am wondering what's next. I'm not talking about the next steps in the judicial process, I want to know what's next when it comes to America's relationship with race.

Being Brown in the 'Burbs: No Burnt Crosses, but a Few Cross Looks

Melanie Coffee | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

I should have known by the look in his eyes. The middle-aged white man looked at my chocolate self, then to my light-skinned baby and back to me. "Excuse me," he said walking closer. "But is his father white or Asian?"

"Color Blindness" Is Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must not and cannot dismiss these incidents as simply the actions of a few individuals, for racism and other forms of oppression exist on multiple levels. These incidents are symptoms of larger systemic national problems.

Hot From the Horse's Mouth: Is This What We're Really Thinking About?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

De Niro responds to Newt Gingrich's Response to De Niro's Words. Ann Coulter Defends De Niro Remark. These are typical headlines, the breaking news...

Key and Peele Bring Comedy Into the Future

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.13.2012 | Comedy
Trey Ellis

We've always been attacked by the closed-minded on both sides who refuse to understand that although the world itself is not yet "post-racial," popular culture has been so for years.

Is There Such A Thing As Post-Racial Music?

bigthink.com | Posted 02.24.2012 | Home

Despite the success of blues-influenced bands such as Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes, and The Black Keys, do you associate the blues with suburban wh...